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Xage Research Shows Increased Zero Trust Adoption In Industrial Sectors
Xage revealed new research showing the continued growth of zero trust to protect IT & OT environments. The findings are part of its State of Zero Trust in the Industrial Enterprise Report, which analyzes the current status and trajectory of zero trust security implementation within industrial organizations, specifically focusing on critical infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

The growing and evolving threat landscape has elevated cybersecurity to a top priority for infrastructure operators across the globe. New cybersecurity challenges are coming to the forefront for IT and OT systems, requiring more stringent security standards. The report found that its evident zero trust is gradually gaining traction and attention within the industrial sectors and is actively being integrated into security programs.

"While zero trust is not a one-size-fits-all model, the data shows that organizations are evolving their understanding of zero trust as a strategy to enhance the safety, security, and reliability of both their enterprise IT and OT environments," said Jonathon Gordon, Industry Analyst at Takepoint Research. "The industrial world is taking action and recognizes the necessity to expedite zero trust adoption to keep our nation's-and world's-critical infrastructure safe from cyberattacks."

Key Findings

Xage partnered with Takepoint Research to survey 250+ cybersecurity senior leaders across critical infrastructure organizations, energy, utilities, transportation, oil and gas and manufacturing. Data was collected from December, 2023 through February, 2024. Key findings of the report include:

  • Most organizations have adopted zero trust principles - 72% have started adopting zero trust principles, with 38% of organizations establishing, implementing, and optimizing zero trust control measures.

  • Organizations are worried about data sharing - 78% express concern or significant concern about data sharing. Ensuring data security and protection against unauthorized access and tampering emerges as the foremost worry for 55% of respondents.

  • Respondents' top-3 challenges related to securing OT environments are IT/OT integration (77%), protecting against ransomware threats (76%), and modernizing remote access (55%).

  • Industries are embracing transformation at varying speeds - Manufacturing leads the charge, with 90% agreeing that integrating IT / OT and digital transformation is a pathway to progress. However, oil & gas is lagging at 35% in agreement.

"Amidst market confusion surrounding various zero trust strategies, it is evident that organizations are now diligently navigating through them and honing their approaches," said Sri Sundaralingam, SVP of Marketing at Xage. "The survey results underscore the increasing adoption of zero trust across industrial sectors, aimed at mitigating crucial business risks while propelling digital transformation alongside new business initiatives."

Get the full Zero Trust Report here.

Published Thursday, April 04, 2024 1:52 PM by David Marshall
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